Q: Katie, how do I listen to my body?
To listen to your body, you must get INTO your body.
Like slipping on the noise-proof earbuds you got last Christmas.
From the outside it’s wires and plastic – from the inside, a cacophony. Only you can hear the music, does that make it any less real?
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To listen to your body, to really listen, you MUST interact with it first.
Whether you run or box or bike or bridge-pose, you must feel the way your body moves, and navigate it in space, over and over and over again.
You must take a step, then another, then another, then realize you’re walking. You must twist, you must bend, you must use the range of motion biology handed you and if you’re unable to you must simply breathe.
Feel the rise and fall of your chest, over and over. See how far it can expand and how it melts when you push the air out. Feel the wonder that is the jigsaw puzzle of your Personhood.
To listen to your body, to TRULY listen, you must acknowledge its nuance. You must notice the way your joints glide, the way your shoulders tighten, the way you do that thing with your wrists every time you feel anxious. You must listen with your limbs, your lungs, your organs, your nails. You must listen with the things that cannot hear but can work together to decode the tiniest sighs of joy and biggest cries for help and all the other stuff in between.
So no, you can’t learn to listen to your body by THINKING about how the plate you ate made you mentally feel. You can’t learn to listen to your body by THINKING about your perfect form or precise protocols or even by measuring the sweat pools under your gym machine of choice.
Nope – to listen to your body, you must be IN your body first. When we move our muscles, we manage our mindset. When we workout our bodies, we work out our roadblocks.
We ask how to listen. It’s no wonder we’re met with silence.
Because you can’t truly hear your body’s voice without acknowledging where that voice is coming from.